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Campus-Wide Town Hall Meetings Highlight Iona Success


New Rochelle, NY (September 30, 2103) Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre and senior leaders hosted town hall meetings to discuss the health of the College, achievements and results from the past year, along with highlights of the year to come.

In a continued effort to improve communication across the campus, two of the three town hall meetings were held Thursday. The first was for staff and administrators and the second for faculty. The third town hall meeting will be for students on October 10. Each of the meetings offer the same presentations but are held separately to encourage greater opportunity for conversation.

Thursday’s town halls were moderated by MaryEllen Callaghan, senior policy advisor and chief of staff, and Tricia Mulligan, chair and associate professor of the political science department and began with invocations by Brother Sean Moffet and Brother Kevin Devlin.

President Nyre introduced the presentations by delivering an overview of the many challenges the College faced during the past academic year and outlined the successful outcomes of each.

 “While much is happening to elevate the College, I want to begin by highlighting the fact that, while the College may look different than it did in past decades, may include more residential students than ever before, and may have new academic programs – and new leaders, the commonalities of today’s Iona far outweigh the differences,” President Nyre said. “We are bound by the Iona mission, our Christian Brothers heritage, and a dedication to being a college that transforms lives.”

Accomplishments in the last year included, ratification of new budgets with strong contingency plans, the receipt of full accreditation from Middle States, completion of the first year of the five year strategic plan which repositioned the College, the advancement of new academic programs, the establishment of an endowment fund for faculty innovation and excellence, more resources to support student success, new branding and elevated marketing of College’s academic programs, implementation of a new enrollment strategy, record year for fundraising, Iona’s endowment and a notable mention of significant campus renovations. Most importantly President Nyre stressed, the College has made great strides in addressing affordability by curbing tuition increases and increasing scholarship aid.

Town hall meetings have become a regular occurrence at Iona and a consistent part of the strategic planning process. Town hall meetings allow for data and information to be shared in a timely manner while also providing an environment for informed discussion and opportunity for feedback from the campus community.

On the horizon is the completing the campus master plan, maintaining fiscal health and credit ratings of the College, and to completing the silent phase of Iona’s fundraising campaign.

“With your support, we are accomplishing more and more every day for Iona College.” President Nyre noted, “We have an aggressive agenda to elevate the College and move the world. I am proud of what is happening at Iona, and hope you are too.”

Several senior administrators followed President Nyre’s presentation with reports from their administrative areas:

  • Brian Nickerson, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, discussed academic program reviews.
  • Joanne Steele, vice provost for Information Technology, revealed a sample of the newly re-designed website and noted the new site is scheduled to launch October 5.
  • Ann Marie Schettini-Lynch, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, gave an overview of the current budget climate.
  • Mary Beth Carey, vice president for Enrollment Management reported successful outcomes for this years increased numbers for student enrollment.
  • Paul Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement and External Affairs - discussed the “Iona Forever Campaign”, the College’s branding and marketing direction and the overall advancement goals and initiatives for fiscal year 2014.

A healthy question and answer discussion with audience members and senior leadership followed the presentation and concluded with thanks from the presenters to all who attended.

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Dawn M. Insanalli
Media Relations Office
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